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Reading an Ahnentafel

The Ahnentafel — or green registration document — issued to each VDD puppy shortly after birth is a legal document certifying ownership of that puppy. The Breeder signs the Ahnentafel over to the new owner at the time he/she takes possession of the dog. If the dog should be sold again, the Ahnentafel is signed over accordingly and passed on to the new owner. It belongs to and always stays with the dog.

In addition to providing a four-generation pedigree table, the Ahnentafel gives a complete history of this particular dog. It lists previous and current owners, test results, awards, and indicators of whether the dog is suitable or not for breeding.

Right Front

Appearing on the right side of the Ahnentafel (within the border) are the dog's registered name, its ZB-Nr. (registration number by which the dog is identified in the Breed Book and that is tattooed in its ear), its gender (Geschlecht), color (Farbe), birthdate (Wurfdatum), and the name and address of the Breeder (Züchter). The phrase aus auf Form und Leistung geprüften Eltern (out of parents tested for form and performance) may appear above the dog's name, indicating that the dog comes from a Performance Breeding where both parents met the requirements to be entered in the Breeding Register and were deemed especially suitable for breeding.

The Breed Warden will stamp this side of the Ahnentafel if and when the dog is certified HD-free and again if the dog is certified for breeding (Zuchttauglich). Likewise, the Breed Warden will stamp here if for some reason the dog is forbidden to breed (Zuchtverbot).

Left Front

Appearing on the left side of the front of the Ahnentafel are three paragraphs that read in English:

“The Ahnentafel (Pedigree Table) is a legal document that should be carefully preserved. The call- and kennel-name of the dog as stated on the Ahnentafel, together with the number in the Breed Book (Zuchtbuch), constitute an entity — the identity of the dog. The dog is to be identified with this full name exclusively during all breeding related affairs, such as tests, shows, etc. Any call names arbitrarily chosen by the owner must not be used for such events.

Ahnentafeln (Pedigree Tables) for Deutsch-Drahthaar utility dogs will be issued solely by the Office of the Breed Registry (Zuchtbuchamt), which alone is authorized to effect amendments or corrections in this pedigree table. To be valid a pedigree table requires the signature of the Keeper of the Breed Book and of the Breeder as well as the seal/stamp of the Breed Registry Office. The Ahnentafel is part of the dog and hence in the case of a change of ownership must be handed over to the new owner without a fee being charged.

Note: The Breed Book number (ZB-Nr.) is shown to the left below the name of the dog, while the Utility Pedigree Book number (Gebrauchsstammbuchnummer or DGStB-Nr.) is placed to the right below the name of the dog. In a case where these numbers are shown to the right of the dog's name, the Utility Pedigree number will be underlined. The following indicators for achievements will be used:”

This is followed by two blank lines. Below those two blank lines are two lines of bold text that read in English:

“Entries by the Breeder or Owner re change of ownership, Association tests, prizes, DGStB-Nr., ZR-Nr., etc., complete with indication of the date.”

Below this are the lines where the Breeder/Owner enters any change of ownership and where the Senior Judge enters test scores for the dog.

Back Side

On the back of the Ahnentafel is a four-generation pedigree for the dog. It includes the parents (Eltern), grandparents (Großeltern), great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents of the dog. The pedigree includes a number of symbols and abbreviations that may require explanation.

Look first at the left column titled Eltern. This refers to the parents of this dog, with the mother on top and the father on the bottom. The remaining columns will be organized similarly, although less information is provided as you move across the page to earlier ancestors due to lack of space.

At the very top of the box for the mother and father is the abbreviation for their color. Under that is the registered name of the dog. The dog's name may be preceded by a symbol that is a single mark or combination of marks indicating characteristics or achievements of the dog.

/   = Härtenachweis (Toughness Certification)\    = Lautjagerstrich (Loud Hunter Designation)—   = Totverbeller (Dead Game Bayer)|    = Totverweiser (Dead Game Guide)

The line immediately below the dog's name may contain three kinds of information:

  1. For every dog there will be a six-digit number, which is its ZB-Nr. or registration number that has been tattooed in its ear.

  2. Next to this number there may be one or more abbreviations indicating performance awards that the dog has earned. These include: A. H. — Armbruster Halt Award, Vbr — Retrieve of Wounded Game, and Btr — Retrieving Reliability.

  3. To the far right there may be a second five-digit number in bold type. This is the DGStB-Nr., or Studbook number that is assigned to dogs that have passed the VGP.

If the dog has been examined in a Breed Show and qualified for entry into the Breeding Register, the next line will indicate this. It will begin with ZR (Zucht-register) followed by a number that looks like this: 226/96. This number indicates that this dog was the 226th dog of those born in 1996 to be entered in the Breeding Register. The abbreviation for the dog's Conformation and Coat ratings appear to the right of the ZR number; e.g., sg/sg. The first abbreviation refers to the conformation rating and the second to the coat rating. The ratings are v (vorzüglich/EXCELLENT — 12 points), sg (sehr gut/VERY GOOD — 9-11 points), or g (gut/GOOD — 6-8 points). Dogs that were rated lower than GOOD (less than 6 points) do not qualify to be entered in the Breeding Register.

The next line will indicate whether the dog has been certified by VDD as HD-frei (free of hip dysplasia). For this to appear on the Ahnentafel the hip x-rays must have been read and approved by the VDD-designated veterinarian in Germany. OFA results are not accepted by VDD and are not entered on the Ahnentafel.

The dog's JGHV test scores appear on the next lines. If the dog is entered in a test more than once, both test scores will appear; e.g., VJP 65 + 71. A Utility/VGP score will look something like this: VGP I./307ÜF. The first numeral (I, II, or III) indicates the Prize the dog earned at the test. Following the slash is the score the dog achieved. Following that will be the letters TF or ÜF, indicating whether the blood track was laid on the same day (Tagfährte / TF) or laid the day before (Übernachtfährte / ÜF).

“Sw” is the designation for the Blood Tracking Test, followed by whatever Prize the dog earned (I, II, or III). If the Prize numeral is followed by a “ / ”, this indicates a 20-hour track. If the prize is preceded by a “ / ”, this was a 40-hour track. A designation like this — Sw II/III — indicates that the dog passed a 20-hour test with a Prize II and passed a 40-hour test with Prize III. A designation like this — Sw 0/, II/ — indicates that the dog first failed a 20-hour test, but then passed another 20-hour test with a Prize II.

At the bottom of the box will be the abbreviation ML, indicating the ‘motherline’ of this dog. Following this notation will first be the foundation kennels for the line and then the abbreviation for the foundation breed from which it was derived — PP = Pudelpointer, DK = Deutsch-Kurzhaar, GR = Griffon, and ST = Stichelhaar. A ML entry that reads “Hellertal — Katteneck — PP” would indicate that the foundation kennels for this dog were Hellertal and Katteneck and that the foundation breed is Pudelpointer.

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